Following the sad news of the death of a Modesto city employee, a spokesperson for the city manager's office said this appears to be the first on-the-job fatality of a city employee. Although the city will conduct an investigation, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health will launch a separate inquiry to determine the cause of the worker's death, as it does after all fatal workplace accidents in the state. The deceased man was a 30-year-old maintenance worker.
When a California landscaper recently disappeared from where he was doing landscaping, others thought he was napping -- it was in the early afternoon. However, some became aware of his calls for help later and discovered that he had tumbled down a well the existence of which was unknown. Rescuers from Santa Barbara County Fire Department rushed to the scene shortly after 3 p.m. to rescue the man, who is happy to be alive, although he has to deal with a temporary disability due to a fractured leg.
Employees of landscaping companies in California often put their lives on the line. Not only do tree trimmers work at dangerous heights, but they are also exposed to the hazards posed by equipment such as chainsaws, wood chippers and other machines. Employers must prevent workplace accidents by protecting the health and safety of employees, and an essential part of that responsibility is providing adequate safety training.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health prescribes strict safety rules for the tree services industry. Wood chippers are a significant threat to the safety of tree trimmers. The Department of Industrial Relations says workplace accidents linked to wood chippers within the state since 2012 caused one fatality and four serious injuries.
Losing loved ones due to fatal on-the-job injuries will always be traumatic experiences, regardless of citations and penalties issued to negligent employers. Following a recent report of citations totaling over $40,000 that were issued to a California date producing company, the sister of the deceased worker said that, although it will not bring her brother back, it might prevent similar tragedies. Safety authorities maintain that most fatal workplace accidents are preventable by complying with safety regulations.
A federal mandate for all commercial trucks to be fitted with electronic log machines took effect in December. This will hopefully prevent many fatal workplace accidents that result from fatigued truck drivers in California whose demanding delivery schedules force them to drive for more hours than allowed by safety regulations. Many drivers claim their employers threatened to fire them if they did not falsify their paper logs, which were the only method of record keeping up to now.
The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health prescribes guidelines and regulations to keep workers safe in all industries. However, many employers disregard those rules, especially at busy times of the year, and that could lead to workplace accidents. Fulfillment centers are bustling in December, and massive volumes of merchandise are moved in facilities of companies like Amazon.
California employees in the manufacturing industry typically face a host of safety hazards every day -- many of which could be life-threatening. Any owner of an industrial plant has a significant responsibility to protect the safety and health of employees. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health expects employers to comply with the prescribed safety regulations to prevent workplace accidents.
Workers in the oil and gas industry in California and other states frequently put their lives on the line. Fatal workplace accidents continue to happen at oil wells despite the strict safety regulations with which employers must comply. Such an incident claimed the life of an employee in another state on a recent Monday afternoon.
The vehicular activity at distribution centers such as those operated by FedEx can be dangerous. This was underscored when a man lost his life at one of the company's distribution centers in California. Third-party cases such a this one in which injury or death is caused by the negligence of someone not linked to the victim's employer often end up in civil court.